SINGLE REVIEW: The Chase by Calamity Jane

Following the amazing success of their debut single, Calamity Jane, the collaborative music project led by violinist Lucy Cantley and singer Camille Rae, is back with a new release, The Chase. The band received huge support from major radio networks in Australia, including the KIX and CMC national radio networks, and in the US with CMT, The Country Network and The Heartland Network, some of the biggest country music broadcasters in the United States, with their debut Devil Went Down To Georgia, a contemporary revitalised version of the classic Charlie Daniels band track. The Chase sees the band extending their sound but staying true to their brand of country, folk and pop. The song is melodically powerful, lyrically identifiable and uplifting, and the production is smooth, sophisticated and big yet retains a palpable energy and edge. Lucy and Camille are both in excellent form on this track, with Lucy’s incomparable violin playing a perfect counterpart to Camille’s strong and compelling vocals. Each section of the song is well-defined and memorable with a driving chorus and heart-felt penetrating lyrics. One example of the intensity of the lyric appears in verse two, with the lines, ‘A wandering soul, from place to place, where my heart lies, is with the chase,’ revealing artistic depth and the poetic nature of the song’s subject matter. As Lucy says of the song, ‘The Chase is about a restless soul setting out on a journey, unsure of where it will go, but determined to find purpose. It’s about the constant battle between the need for stability and the need for adventure. There is a degree of anxiety to have answers, yet another voice playing to the spontaneous’. And this battle is reflected throughput the course of the track, with Lucy’s extraordinary violin work in constant play with Camille’s robust and dynamic vocals. The Chase is sure to repeat the success of Calamity Jane’s debut release, building on an auspicious beginning.

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